A Lot to Celebrate!  Great Adventure Opportunity Grants

A Lot to Celebrate! Great Adventure Opportunity Grants

Dear Friends, It has been an exciting time in the life of the Presbytery of Stockton and we are encouraged to see what God is doing in and through our churches. Due to some grants received and the commitment of our presbytery to invest in each other, we offered opportunity grants for our churches. It is our hope that the grants will be used to try something new, to stretch in ministry, and to be able to step out in faith. Below is a list of the grants awarded. Healthy Congregations Great Adventure Opportunity Grants Community Presbyterian Church, Gustine $6000 Money used to help congregants and school folks learn Spanish Grace Presbyterian Church, Lodi $5,000 Money used to help elder/pastor team attend Whitworth training Central Presbyterian Church, Merced $7,000 Money used for contacts with students by staff/interns First Presbyterian Church, Columbia $17,800 Money used for PT visitation person & worship musicians Trinity Presbyterian Church, Stockton $500 Money used for purchase of VBS curriculum Community Presbyterian Church, Vacaville $10,000 Money used for Student Ministry Intern First Presbyterian Church, Turlock $10,000 Money used for after school tutoring First Presbyterian Church, Stockton $4,800 Money used for 2nd service and monthly lunch for...
Acts 16: 5 Resource

Acts 16: 5 Resource

A Great Suggestion from our Grace Presbyterian Church in Lodi: Acts 16:5 A Resource for Churches WHAT WE HAVE DONE Vision Team: Personal Growth * Awakened a high expectation of what God will do * Renewed faith commitment * Have a regular devotional life * Pray for individual as well as whole team members * Sought through pray a select few to disciple * Strive to be encouragers/appreciators * Read TWELVE DYNAMIC SHIFTS * Selected and focused on 1 or 2 defining Practices in Ministry With Congregation in General * Introduced and trained Session, Deacons and staff on Acts 16:5 * Obtained Session approval for Acts 16:5 * Developed and obtained Session and congregation approval of a revised Defining Vision * Implemented the Vision statement in literature, bulletins, and with congregation * Implemented Word-Share-Prayer in most church committees * Use the Halverson Benediction for closing worship * Had one Celebration Event and have planned 2 more within the next 3-4 months * During Lent had an Encouragement Activity * During Lent had a Thank You activity * Shared the first quarterly meal as a Vision Team * Assessed the membership participation in small groups and identified potential members for participation NEXT STEPS UNDER CONSIDERATION * Plan 2 celebratory event: all church picnic and block party for neighborhood * Plan study day this summer for session to discuss TWELVE DYNAMIC SHIFTS * Review plan for incorporating new members into church life * Decide first primary focus out of: Grow 50% of congregation to have active devotional life, develop small groups with 50% participation, teach the 4 Ss’(no secrets, no surprises,...
Ephesians 3:16-19 Prayer Covenant

Ephesians 3:16-19 Prayer Covenant

Please prayerfully consider praying for another in the presbytery. It would be especially helpful if we all chose someone who, perhaps, holds a different viewpoint than we do. Here is a suggestion for a simple prayer: “I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, God may grant that _____ and I may be strengthened in our inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, as we are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that _____ and I may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen”. (Adapted from Ephesians 3:16-19 NRSV and taken from Acts 16:5 Inititaive...
Presbytery News

Presbytery News

Dear Friends, Happy New Year to you! I pray that God is showing Himself to you and yours and that this note finds you well and blessed and seeing God’s mercy. It is a brand new year that is sure to bring many changes. As we walk together, my prayer is that God will draw us even closer to Him and each other. Each of our clergy and churches are in different places, with unique challenges and successes. Please pray for and encourage one another. One of our dear friends that could use your prayers and support is Don Strongman (dstrongman200@yahoo.com). This Sunday was his last Sunday in the pulpit at Trinity, Stockton. Don is being called to begin some new ministry endeavors to help the local church and schools connect to better serve students! I will let him share his heart for ministry with you but I think God could do some great things there! It is a challenging time of transition for Trinity, so please cover them in your prayers. They had a nice last service with him and a time of fellowship afterwards to say goodbye and thank you. One of the most exciting aspects of change in our presbytery is the Acts 16:5 initiative and the opportunity grants. We have our next all presbytery training with E. Stanley Ott on February 23 at Trinity, Modesto from 9-3. Please RSVP with Clover Bailey (ctbisinmerced@gmail.com) if you are planning on attending so we can be sure to have enough food. Please bring the binders you received at the orientation and notify us if you are bringing new...